Our Staff
         Experience + Warmth

Our commitment to the care, education and safety of your children is reflected in our team. We hire therapists who have training in related fields and are well versed in the best practices of early childhood. Each member of our team nurtures each child in her care in a safe, supportive learning environment. 

Team members receive ongoing training in Applied Behavior Analysis and other interventions to continue their education and are evaluated constantly throughout the year. Our team excels at stimulating children to learn and preparing them for future education. Our team is devoted to making each day fun and educational. Their dedication makes all the difference for your children.

Ricky Teichman, Director

Hello and welcome! My name is Ricky and I am the Director of The Puzzle Place. My passion for working with young children with autism began when I was 16 years old volunteering for a respite program where I cared for children with autism for a couple of hours every day. Over the years I have held positions working with children in a variety of atmospheres, both inside and outside of the classroom. My dedication to providing high quality developmentally appropriate programming for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with autism and related disorders ultimately led me to pursue a leadership role within the field. My experience includes working as a Behavior Therapist with children aged 2-14 in a school setting, as well as an Early Intervention ABA Practitioner working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers with autism, asperger’s syndrome and various communication and social delays. I feel truly privileged to spend my days surrounded by the sounds of children discovering, learning, and growing! I hold my Bachelors Degree in the Behavioral Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mercy College as well as certification for Early Childhood Education in both NY and NJ. In addition, I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, BCBA Supervisor and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the State of NY. I have also been trained in the Early Start Denver Model treatment for children with Autism and also in DIR/Floortime. I look forward to meeting and working with you and your children and sharing my experience and love of early learning with you!

Michel Otlowski
Michel OtlowskiABA Therapist
I have been in the Autism Field for 7 years and have extensive training in ABA. I am credentialed through the board as a Registered Behavioral Technician. I am also perusing and education in Psychology. I have a unique perspective, as i am both a mother of a child with Autism and an educator. This allows me to identify with the parents in a way that most in this field cannot. I know the strides and accomplishments our children make, no matter how small they seem to others are huge to us.
ChanaABA Therapist
Hi! I’m Chana Belsky . I’ve come to the Puzzle Place after many rewarding years in the field of behavioral therapy for children and students with Autism. Over the course of my career I have worked as an ABA therapist at an Early Intervention Center in Rockland County, and Nexus Language Builders. I also have worked privately in homes supervising teams of ABA therapists and provided ABA instruction for home programs. Always seeking to advance my knowledge in the field of ABA. I have completed the RBT/ registered behavior technician credentialing process. I am so pleased to have joined the Puzzle Place and their incredible team.
Emily Glassford
Emily GlassfordABA Therapist
Hi! I’m Emily Glassford and I began working at the Puzzle Place in November 2016. I graduated from Arcadia University with a bachelors in Elementary Education with a dual certification in Special Education. I am currently working towards obtaining my BCBA license at Georgian Court University in their Masters of ABA program. I am also an in-home behavior therapist working with children ages 3 to 16. I love working with children and learning from them each and every day!
Cheryl Frankel
Cheryl FrankelOccupational Therapist
Cheryl Frankel is a registered and licensed occupational therapist who earned a Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy degree from Touro College. Her experience includes treating children ages 2- 18 with diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Integration Disorder, and Intellectual Disability. She specializes in sensory integration disorders and works with each child to create the ideal sensory diet. Cheryl loves working with children and enjoys helping them reach their goals.
Esty SchuckABA Therapist
Esty Schuck is one of our talented ABA Therapists. She has been involved in this field for the last 5 years and is still going strong with her love for it. She has received her B.A. at Touro College in Psychology and a Masters from Mercy College in Special Education.
Kayla Guzman
Kayla GuzmanOffice Manager
Kayla Guzman is the one making sure that everything behind-the-scenes is completed to perfection, as the Office Manager. Her career in management began in 2015 as the administrator and local marketing manager for a restaurant franchise. She is pursuing a dual degree in Business Administration and Psychology at Rutgers University.

“I will never be able to thank you and everyone at The Puzzle Place enough for getting James to where he is now”

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